Featherstone: Rovers boss Sharp sees significant squad changes on the horizon

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featherstone rovers coach Jon Sharp is set to overhaul his squad during the off-season.

Rovers finished a disappointing campaign on a high when they crushed London Broncos 36-4 to win the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

That success partly made up for missing out on a top-four finish and a place in the Qualifiers, but Sharp reckons changes have to be made if Rovers are to improve next year.

Half-back Gareth Moore, who was man of the match against London, has confirmed he is leaving the club and players poised to join Rovers are believed to include Dewsbury Rams’ Matty Wildie and Anthony Thackeray.

“There will be at least half a dozen coming in,” Sharp confirmed. I know it has been a frustrating time for the Featherstone fans, not hearing names being announced, but before [the Shield final on] Sunday I didn’t really want to talk about next season.

“The blokes who are here and maybe retiring or finishing deserved the respect they got from me and in return they battled hard and gave everything for the club. That was probably epitomised by the 80 minutes played by Andy Ellis, who worked his socks off.

“I thought I owed it to him to keep him on and let him finish the game like he did.”

Rovers finished six points outside the top-four this term and Sharp admitted it is tough to compete against teams with much bigger budgets.

“There’s a gulf there funding-wise,” he conceded. “But I think if you have a good strategy, you recruit well and you have young kids who are coming through and experiencing days like Sunday, that gives us a bit more strength in depth.

“It also gives the players who are coming in the joint the belief that things are pretty good at Featherstone. We just need to build on what we did at the weekend.”